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Re: Bug#396648: ITP: rt73 -- Linux device driver for Ralink RT73 a/b/g WLAN Card

On Thursday 02 November 2006 08:55, Piotr Roszatycki wrote:
> Package: wnpp
> Severity: wishlist
> Owner: Piotr Roszatycki <dexter@debian.org>
> * Package name    : rt73
>   Upstream author : Paul Lin <paul_lin@ralinktech.com>
>   Version         :
> * URL             :
> http://www.ralinktech.com/drivers/Linux/RT73_Linux_STA_Drv1.0.3.6.tar.gz *
> License         : GPL
>   Programming Lang: C
>   Description     : Linux device driver for Ralink RT73 a/b/g WLAN Card
> I am the owner of USB-stick Wi-Fi network interface (Edimax EW-7318Ug). The
> only working driver is Ralink RT73 original driver. I'd like to see this
> driver in Debian distribution.
> I want to provide rt73-source package which is compatible with
> module-assistant. The resulting package (rt73-module-$VERSION) contains
> rt73.ko driver. The driver loads firmware from separate file and has
> included the blob with the default firmware if separate file is not
> available.
> I think the driver can go to contrib with removed the blob from its sources
> and with the firmware rt73.bin file can go to non-free as rt73-firmware
> package.
> The rt73.bin file is marked as GPL. There is no real source code included
> but this license implies that it is redistributable file at least as
> non-free.

I notice you quote upstream origin is ralinktech.com, but what about the rt73 
drivers from rt2x00 project[1], that are maintained and bugfixed by a bunch 
of cool hackers, and are the origin of the existing rt2400, rt2500, rt2570  
and rt2x00 source packages already in debian?

Thanks, Kel.

[1] http://rt2x00.serialmonkey.com/

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